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Glasgow Govan
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Surely the most vulnerable of Labour's complete set of 10 Glasgow seats, Govan saw a narrow victory by the Muslim MP Mohammed Sarwar over the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon in 1997, and for a while Sarwar's position was threatened in mid-term by a controversy over whether he broke electoral rules in his campaign. However, this has blown over and he may well win again in another General Election contest. Nicola Sturgeon lost again here in the 1999 Scottish Parliament elections, although she was elected for Glasgow as a whole as a top up MSP, so presumably will not stand for Westminster again. Govan has seen disappointment for the SNP twice before, though on different boundaries. Margo Macdonald won a by-election for them in November 1973, but she too found the Labour vote rock hard and resilient, and was an MP for only four months. Another high profile SNP candidate, Jim Sillars, the former Labour and Scottish Labour MP for South Ayrshire, also won a by-election, in 1988, but again Govan reverted to type in 1992. It seems determined to support Labour in the end, come what may.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Mohammad Sarwar is Britain's first Muslim MP, and elected for Scotland's most non-white (11pc, mostly Pakistanis) constituency. Born in Pakistan in 1952, he was a Bhutto-supporting student activist before coming to Scotland aged 24, working as a street trader, eventually becoming a cash-and-carry millionaire. Selected for Govan after a hotly disputed process in 1995-96 and suspended when accused of election fraud immediately after his election in May 1997, he was acquitted in 1999. His Muslim background is reflected in his rebelling against the threat of military action against Iraq and vocal support of the NATO action against Serbia in defence of Kosovo Muslims. He calls also for a plebiscite in Kashmir and defends the beleaguered Govan shipyard.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.85% 14.99% 25.69
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.66% 2.49% 66.66
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.37% 4.43% 8.26
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.88% 7.27% 12.04
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 10.09% 2.56% 393.56
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 11.83% 2.04% 579.56
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 15.34% 3.94% 388.93
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.00% 13.04% 0.00
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.58% 12.70% 20.32
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.31% 8.14% 3.75
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.96% 4.02% 48.72
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.27% 3.19% 39.87
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.39% 11.31% 47.63
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 25.62% 3.06% 836.55
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 12.52% 2.52% 497.17
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 6.35% 2.10% 302.29
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 13.83% 9.41% 146.92
5-10K 19.89% 16.63% 119.61
10-15K 17.41% 16.58% 105.02
15-20K 13.04% 13.58% 95.97
20-25K 9.34% 10.39% 89.88
25-30K 6.65% 7.77% 85.58
30-35K 4.78% 5.79% 82.47
35-40K 3.47% 4.33% 80.20
40-45K 2.56% 3.27% 78.53
45-50K 1.92% 2.48% 77.31
50-55K 1.46% 1.90% 76.41
55-60K 1.12% 1.47% 75.76
60-65K 0.87% 1.15% 75.29
65-70K 0.68% 0.91% 74.94
70-75K 0.54% 0.72% 74.69
75-80K 0.43% 0.57% 74.50
80-85K 0.34% 0.46% 74.35
85-90K 0.28% 0.37% 74.23
90-95K 0.23% 0.31% 74.13
95-100K 0.19% 0.25% 74.04
100K + 0.98% 1.34% 72.99

Local Map of the constituency
Glasgow Govan - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Glasgow Govan - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (1.09%) Liberal Democrat (0.34%) SNP (7.45%)
Conservative (- 10.89%)
Labour (5.20%) Liberal Democrat (5.19%)
Conservative (-  0.23%) SNP (- 11.07%)
Con - 10.89%
Lab 1.09%
LD 0.34%
SNP 7.45%
Con - 0.23%
Lab 5.20%
LD 5.19%
SNP - 11.07%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mohammad Sarwar
Labour hold
Con Conservative (8.57%) 2,167 8.57%
Lab Labour (49.30%) 12,464 49.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.13%) 2,815 11.13%
SNP SNP (23.98%) 6,064 23.98%
Oth Other (7.02%) 1,774 7.02%
Maj Majority (25.31%) 6,400 25.31%
Turn Turnout (46.76%) 25,284 46.76%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mohammad Sarwar
Labour hold
CM John Foster 174 0.69%
SSP Willie McGartland 1,531 6.06%
C Mark Menzies 2,167 8.57%
I Badar Mirza 69 0.27%
SNP Karen Neary 6,064 23.98%
L Mohammad Sarwar 12,464 49.30%
LD Bob Stewart 2,815 11.13%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Mohammed Sarwar
Labour
Con Conservative (8.81%) 2,839 8.81%
Lab Labour (44.09%) 14,216 44.09%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.94%) 1,915 5.94%
SNP SNP (35.05%) 11,302 35.05%
Ref Referendum (0.62%) 201 0.62%
Oth Other (5.49%) 1,769 5.49%
Maj Majority (9.04%) 2,914 9.04%
Turn Turnout (64.70%) 32,242 64.70%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (19.70%) 7,165 19.70%
Lab Labour (43.00%) 15,665 43.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.60%) 2,033 5.60%
SNP SNP (27.60%) 10,056 27.60%
Oth Other (4.10%) 1,475 4.10%
Maj Majority (15.40%) 5,609 15.40%
Turn Turnout (72.28%) 36,394 72.28%

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